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How to make a tailgate straight?

Discussion in 'Jeep Trailer Tech' started by MOP, Aug 10, 2005.

  1. Aug 10, 2005
    MOP

    MOP Active Member

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    The gate on my new trailer is in good cosmetic shape, but is twisted to where one side is touching the bed while the other side is 2-3" away. All it takes is a nudge to make each side align and latch, but I would like to make it a little more true.

    Should I just lay the gate down on a flat surface and start pounding, or jumping ;) ?
     
  2. Aug 10, 2005
    DanStew

    DanStew Incorrigible. Staff Member

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    i hear ya.. my makeshift tailgate has seen better days. eventually i will have to either repalce or try to straighten it
     
  3. Aug 10, 2005
    sasquatch

    sasquatch I'm big in Japan.

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    I would say on a NOT flat surface. You're gonna have to push it further than true in order to counteract the bend away from true. Basically, you want the average of the two bends to make it end up true. ;)

    $0.02 canadian.
     
  4. Aug 10, 2005
    jpflat2a

    jpflat2a what's that noise?

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    I say place a block of wood in between the side that's the closest
    then gently push a litle at a time on the side farthest away
    a little tweakin at a time should do it
     
  5. Aug 10, 2005
    Chuck

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    I have a pickup tailgate that was straightened out by pressing a pipe into the top tube. The pipe was left in for added strength.
     
  6. Aug 11, 2005
    BRUISER

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    I agree I use blocks a wood a lot ot straight stuff (like doors, gates, etc)
     
  7. Aug 11, 2005
    speedbuggy

    speedbuggy Looking for a Jeep now

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    Good Idea. Speedy's tailgate is somewhat tweeked. I'll try this ;)
     
  8. Aug 11, 2005
    jd7

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    I've straightened them by putting the tailgate betwee two pieces of plywood and driving my truck onto it and letting it set giving it a tug ever so often. But worked best for me is when I have access to a hydraulic press put in it and push or pull as needed.
     
  9. Aug 11, 2005
    MOP

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    Thanks for the suggestions guys. I may go with a combo of wood block bending followed by pipe in the top tube.
     

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